Flashes By Rick Griffin 10.30.2017

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Greenhaus Advertising of San Diego reports it recently won three advertising awards from the Building Industry Association of Southern California and the Greater Sales & Marketing Council for its work with residential community Rancho Mission Viejo (RMV) in Orange County. Awards included: Best overall advertising campaign that featured residents of the Esencia neighborhood sharing how they enjoy RMV; Best online marketing campaign that targeted prospective Esencia buyers; Best brochure for a master-planned community. The brochure was for The Hilltop Club, an amenity for RMV residents. Work for the awards was performed between June 1, 2016 and Aug. 23, 2017. Awards were presented in September at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim. Founded in 1996, Greenhaus, with 35 employees, has worked for clients in 16 states and Mexico. Clients have included Grand Del Mar, W Hollywood Residences, City of Anaheim, Irvine Ranch, Hard Rock San Diego, San Diego State University, Mammoth Mountainand Puerto Cancun. The firm also has branded museums, performing arts venues, the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego International Airportand The IDEA District in San Diego’s East Village.

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The San Diego office of J Public Relations said it is now representing Provisional Kitchen and Nason’s Beer Hall, two restaurants within the Pendry San Diego Hotel, on the block of 5th and 6th avenues and “J” Street in the Gaslamp Quarter. Provisional Kitchen is a restaurant-marketplace hybrid featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner seasonal fare. Nason’s Beer Hall features a selection of 50 local and international beers, vintage bar games and comfort food, including soft pretzel and hamburgers. Its name pays homage to Nason & Co. Farmer’s Market, which occupied the space in the early 1900s. The 317-room hotel has a total of six restaurants and bars.

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East County Magazine (ECM), an online news service covering San Diego’s East County region, has launched an East County Dining Club featuring monthly dinner events held at restaurants chosen by the magazine’s restaurant reviewers. The events are open to the public. Event proceeds benefit operational expenses for the online news service. Each month’s adventure in dining includes prize drawings, silent auctions, and at some events, live entertainment, wine tasting and other extras. Miriam Raftery, ECM editor, said individuals can join the club for $10 annually and receive a “Best of East County Cookbook,” along with two raffle tickets for prize drawings and invitations to future dining events. Raftery said she welcomes businesses to donate raffle prizes. “Prizes of any amount are welcome, but donors of prizes valued at $100 or more will also receive a free sponsorship ad on East County Magazine as thanks for your support,” Raferty said. Publicity also is available on pre-event flyers and social media. In recent months, dining events were held at Fabrison’s Country French, Tiramisu Trattoria and Himalayan Cuisine. To receive invitations to future dining club events, contact Raftery at editor@eastcountymagazine.org or (619) 698-7617. East County Magazine is a publication of the nonprofit 501c 3 Heartland Coalition. Raftery said her website receives more than 200,000 visits and 6 million hits a month.

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SDX member Rick Griffin, who writes the weekly media news column called “Flashes,” was recently honored by the San Diego Press Club with four writing awards at its 44th annual Excellence in Journalism awards program. Categories for the awards included column writing, general writing for internal publications and annual report. In addition, Griffin was honored as the 2017 recipient of the Press Club’s Andy Mace Award for Career Achievement in Public Relations. Griffin is among 33 people in the PR profession in San Diego County who have received the career achievement award since the Press Club’s founding in 1973. The award is presented annually to a PR practitioner who, according to the Press Club, has exemplified fairness and integrity, as well as effectiveness in disseminating the truth to concerned publics over the course of their career. Griffin, a former newspaper reporter who has worked in PR since 1981, operates his own company, Rick Griffin Marketing Communications. He has more than 35 years of experience in journalism, PR, advertising and marketing communications.  He worked as an in-house PR manager and supervisor with Fortune 500 corporations, as well as with large advertising agencies overseeing regional and national accounts, before founding his own marketing communications consulting firm as a sole practitioner in 1988. Andy Mace, a PR manager for Pacific Telephone before it became known as Pacific Bell, was one of the San Diego Press Club founders. He later founded his own company, Andy Mace & Associates, with an office at the Mission Valley’s Stardust Hotel & Country Club, now the Handlery Hotel. Mace passed away in September 2009 at age 88.

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